State of Louisiana Monument (Gettysburg)

State of Louisiana Monument

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©Michael Kendra, April of 2002.

MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  • Location: West Confederate Avenue across from Pitzer's Woods
  • Map Coordinates: +39° 48' 10.80", -77° 15' 20.88"
  • Men Engaged at Gettysburg from Louisiana: 3,030
  • Gettysburg Casualties from Louisiana: 725 or 24%

MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Origin: Louisiana Division of the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1966
  • Artist: De Lue, Donald
  • Bronze Casting: Completed in Italy
  • Dedicated: June 11, 1971
  • Dimensions: Overall: H. 22 ft.
    • Female figure: H. 10 ft. 6 in.
    • Recumbant male figure: L. 9 ft.
    • Base: 3 ft. x 9 ft. 10 in. x 9 ft. 10 in.
  • Cost: $100,000
  • Description:
A bronze sculpture of a female figure representing Peace and Memory, floats above a recumbent male artilleryman, with the Confederate battle flag clutched to his heart. A dove of peace is nestled in the reeds beneath the woman. She blows a trumpet over his dead body, and her proper right arm is outstretched above her head, held aloft is the flaming cannonball symbolic of ordnance and artillery. The sculpture is mounted on a polished green granite base.​
  • Remarks:
The monument, entitled "Spirit Triumphant," was created by Donald DeLue, who was also the sculptor of the Mississippi monument. It represents a wounded gunner of New Orleans Washington Artillery clutching to his heart a Confederate battle flag while above the Spirit of the Confederacy raises a flaming cannonball.​
Some believe the figure represents Saint Barbara, the patron-saint of artillerymen. She is holding a flaming cannon ball in her right hand. St. Barbara lived in Asia Minor around 300 A.D. After she was converted to Christianity, her wealthy father had her condemned to death by beheading.​
After returning from the execution, the father was said to be struck by a lightning bolt which incinerated his body. Because of his fate, Barbara came to be known as the patron to be called upon to protect one in a storm. With the invention of gunpowder, and frequent accidental explosions because of its use, Saint Barbara also became known as the patron-saint of artillery.​
MONUMENT TEXT
Front Ground Marker Stone
LOUISIANA STATE MEMORIAL
THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY THE
STATE OF LOUISIANA TO HONOR HER SONS
WHO FOUGHT AND DIED AT GETTYSBURG
JULY 1-2-3, 1863. IN PARTICULAR IT
MEMORIALIZES THE 2300 INFANTRYMEN OF
HAYS AND NICHOLL'S LOUISIANA BRIGADES,
THE CANNONEERS IN THE WASHINGTON
ARTILLERY OF NEW ORLEANS, AND THOSE IN
THE LOUISIANA GUARD, MADISON, AND
DONALDSONVILLE ARTILLERY BATTERIES.​

Rear Bronze Tablet
THIS MEMORIAL IS PRESENTED TO THE
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
BY THE
STATE OF LOUISIANA
UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF
THE HONORABLE JOHN J. MCKEITHEN,
GOVERNOR STATE OF LOUISIANA,
HONORABLE LAMAR GIBSON,
DIRECTOR LOUISIANA STATE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
AND THE

GETTYSBURG MEMORIAL COMMISSION
(List of Commission Members)


ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


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A Newspaper Clipping from Page 17 of The Town Talk
Sunday, May 23, 1971 - Alexandria, Louisiana
RELATED LINKS
citation information The following information is provided for citations.
Article Title:
State of Louisiana Monument (Gettysburg)
Article Subject:
Civil War Monuments, Structures, & Other Points of Interest
Author:
Mike Kendra, @CivilWarTalk
Website Name:
CivilWarTalk.com
URL:
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/state-of-louisiana-monument-gettysburg.165317/
Publisher:
CivilWarTalk, LLC
Original Published Date:
June 25, 2020

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Ive only been to Gettysburg twice and with all the monuments it was one that stood out to me. To me is a piece of art.
 

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I think it's a beautiful monument and was under the impression it was Saint Barbra. In any case of not her, it should be.

I Iove these old "heroic" style monuments and hate to see them come down.

Thanks for posting this.

John
 
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